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4606Re: Weight Capacity of Bike + FreeRad

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  • Michael
    Jun 4, 2008
      Haha! Thanks for your candid response!

      I think I will relax and "just ride the damned thing until it looks
      like a Taco".

      --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "Mark Garvey" <lazybee45@...> wrote:
      >
      > On Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 11:28 PM, Michael <bsinbox99@...> wrote:
      >
      > > Thanks for all the great responses! Love this group!
      > >
      > > Several of you spoke of wheels and tires relating to carrying
      > > capacity.
      > > Does this sound sufficient for regularly carrying between 300 and 400
      > > pounds on the X (combined rider and cargo/passenger weight)? If not,
      > > I would love some suggestions!
      > >
      >
      >
      > Look, Mike...I weigh about 250 or so at the moment. My BIKE
      probably weighs
      > about 70 lbs with the battery pack and all. That is about 320 right
      there.
      > On Monday AM, I take a long skinny cooler with juice and such inside
      (call
      > that 30 lbs) a backpack with my clothing, drugs...(well, medications for
      > various ailments...damn!) call that another 15 lbs. usually
      another bag of
      > food...another 10 lbs or so, a jug of tea (a couple of pounds) and some
      > other things, call that another 15 lbs...That adds up to 390 just
      there! I
      > can easily carry at least 80-100 lbs of cargo home from the store
      and often
      > more if necessary. I have broken a total of TWO spokes on the rear
      and none
      > on ANY of the various front wheels I have tried. At the moment, I
      am riding
      > on a rear wheel that came off a Pacific mountain bike that I got for
      $100 at
      > Target about 5 or 6 years ago. I NEED a new rear wheel, but this one is
      > pretty true still. the NEED is mostly just "Boy I sure want a better
      > wheel!" not a "need".
      >
      > the Front wheel is new ONLY because a friend laced up a Disc Brake
      for me
      > with a Rim he had and it is working for me right now! I have used light
      > weight 32 spoke wheels on the bike without the motor on it, which
      drops the
      > weight by about 30 lbs but the usefulness by about 50%
      >
      > Note that I have never had any real difficulty with the rear wheel!
      If your
      > wheel is straight and true, and tight, you should be OK. If you want a
      > bulletproof wheel, go for it. But I would say that it is entirely
      likely
      > that EVERYBODY out there is riding on a "better" rear wheel than I am.
      >
      > Just ride the damned thing until it looks like a Taco then get a new one
      > that is stronger. But remember, ANY wheel will Taco if you abuse it!
      >
      > mark
      >
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